Master Classes

Master Classes

Dance Conservatory of Charleston is uniquely positioned to bring America's top dance talent to instruct and inspire Charleston's youth through Master Classes.

Many young dancers have to leave home to find the best training the country has to offer.  Dance Conservatory of Charleston delivers unmatched Master Classes right here at home through visiting instruction with preeminent teaching faculty.

No dance studio in the region has the kind of relationships we do with America’s preeminent dancers, teachers, and choreographers. We are pleased to leverage those relationships to deliver the highest caliber of dance instruction to our students in the Charleston community.

2018-2019 Master Classes


Roberto Muñoz

Saturday, January 12, 2019

1:15pm - 2:45pm




We are excited to announce that Roberto Muñoz, Co-founder and Director of the Saratoga Summer and Vail Valley Dance Intensives, will kick off the new year with our next 2018- 2019 Master Class Series! In addition, we are honored to host the audition for the Saratoga Summer and Vail Valley Dance Intensive! Roberto is a phenomenal teacher, one of Lindy's and Stephen's favorites from their dancing days! His summer programs offer an extremely high level of training, as well as opportunities to see live performances from the New York City Ballet!


Master Class: Saturday, January 12, 2019 | 1:15-2:45pm, intermediate/advanced ages 10+ $30/DCC student or $40/Visiting student

SSDI/VVDI Audition: Sunday, January 13, 2019 | 12:30pm check in, 1:00-3:00pm audition | $30 fee (Bring check or cash for the audition)


A native of Chile, Roberto Muñoz began his professional career with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 1972. After his appointement as Artistic Director of the Venezuelan Ballet del Zulia in 1980, Mr. Muñoz returned to the United States and was named Director of the Conservatory of Dance and Music at what is now Point Park University. During his 15 years on faculty he taught all levels of ballet technique, character dance and male ballet technique, while also holding a part time faculty position at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School and Company under the direction of Patricia Wilde. Following his departure from Point Park, Mr. Muñoz went on to be named Ballet Master, Principal teacher, and finally Director of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School.

Roberto Muñoz met former New York City Ballet principal Melinda Roy and during his tenure as Executive Director of Gulfshore Ballet (Fort Meyers, FL) they founded the SSDI and VVDI summer dance intensives. Held at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY and at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance in Vail, CO, respectively, these programs have attracted talented students from around the globe, and a faculty that includes teachers, former principal dancers, and dance professionals from The National Conservatory of Dance in Annecy, Colorado Ballet, Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet!


Dusty Button

Sunday, December 23, 2018

11:30am - 1:00pm

$40 to Register and Secure Your Spot Today

Join us for a contemporary Master Class with Dusty Button!

All DCC and Visiting students of intermediate and advanced levels ages 10+ are invited to attend!

Dusty Button grew up in South Carolina, and was a talented gymnast and dancer from a young age. She dabbled in all types of dance, but it was ballet that drew her in. “I love the discipline and the willingness to accept criticism and judgment yet the resilience to grow from it rather than implode,” Dusty says. She soon began competing in dance competitions and getting cast in major productions.

She moved to New York City at age 15 to train at the American Ballet Theatre. At 17, she relocated to London for a scholarship at the Royal Ballet School, and in 2012, at age 23, she moved back to the US to join the Boston Ballet, where she was promoted from corps de ballet to principal dancer in just two years. She left her company role as principal ballerina in 2017, looking to make her own mark on the ballet industry as teacher, choreographer, artist, and designer of her own leotard line. Pointe Magazine once called Dusty a “new brand of ballerina” as she continues to shatter the mould of what a modern ballerina is capable of. © Red Bull Media House. Picture by @Button_Built

Samantha Shafer

Samantha Shafer

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

6:30pm - 8:00pm


Join us for a surprise Master Class with Samantha Shafer during our Jazz 3 class on Wednesday, 11/7! With 13 years of experience on Broadway and National Tours of hit musicals, Ms. Shafer's class is perfect for advanced dancers looking to take their technique and performance to the next level!

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 6:30-8:00pm
Cost: $20 DCC and visiting students*

*All registered Jazz 3 students are invited to take the Master Class at no additional cost!

There are only 8 spaces available for students not already enrolled in Jazz 3! To register, please email with the subject line "Shafer Master Class."

About Samantha Shafer: Samantha Shafer has performed on Broadway and in several National Tours over the past 13 years. Broadway credits include: Rocky (Adrian Standby), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (u/s Sherie Renee Scott), West Side Story, and South Pacific. National Tours include: Cabaret, The Addams Family, South Pacific, and CATS. Samantha graduated from Point Park University with a BA in Musical Theater and a Dance Minor.

Abi Stafford

Abi Stafford

Friday, November 2, 2018

5:00pm - 6:30pm


We are thrilled to announce our next guest in our Master Class Series: New York City Ballet principal dancer, Abi Stafford.

In addition, master class participants are invited to stay afterwards to watch Ms. Stafford rehearse the Grand Pas de Duex from the Nutcracker with DCC's own Stephen Hanna as cavalier! This unique opportunity to learn from an incredible technician and see the professional rehearsal process up close and personal with NYCB principal dancers is one you won't want to miss!

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Abi Stafford began her dance training at the age of six with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary. Ms. Stafford entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet, full time in the fall of 1998. At SAB, she performed the role of Clarinet in Jerome Robbins' Fanfare and a role in Christopher Wheeldon's Scènes de Ballet for the SAB's Annual Workshop performances. Ms. Stafford was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet in November 1999 and joined the corps de ballet in January 2000. She was promoted to the rank of soloist in January 2002 and principal dancer in December 2007.

Darrell Grand Moultrie

Darrell Grand Moultrie

Saturday, September 29, 2018

10:00am - 11:30am


Darrell is a proud New Yorker, born and raised in Harlem. A graduate of the esteemed Juilliard School, today he is one of the few choreographers working in the theater, ballet, modern, and commercial dance genres.

Most recently Grammy Award winning artist Beyoncé selected Darrell as one of her choreographers for her Mrs. Carter World Tour and Tony Award winning director Diane Paulus tapped Darrell to choreograph the original musical Witness Uganda at American Repertory Theater that she directed.

A proud recipient of the 2007 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award, Darrell’s work has been performed by Ailey 2, The Juilliard School, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, BalletMet Columbus, Milwaukee Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Rasta Thomas and his Bad Boys of Dance, Tulsa Ballet, Ballet X, Ballet Arkansas, and Smuin Ballet. This year he will set World Premieres for Dance Theatre of Harlem, Richmond Ballet, The Boston Conservatory, and The Oregon Ballet Theater. In addition to choreography, Darrell has taught at many prestigious institutions across the United States, including The Juilliard School, The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem, CalArts, Point Park Conservatory of Performing Arts, University of Nevada, COCA St. Louis, and Perry Mansfield. He also served as the Director of Musical Theatre at the Harbor Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

Darrell was approached by Central Park SummerStage’s dance curator to choreograph under his own moniker, inspiring him to form the pick-up company — Dance Grand Moultrie, which premiered in Central Park in July 2011. As a performer, Darrell was part of the original cast of the hit musical Billy Elliot on Broadway. He has also been seen in West Side Story in Milan, Italy, at the world famous La Scala Opera House, and was a part of the original workshops of the Public Theatre’s Radiant Baby directed by George C. Wolfe, Sweet Charity, and The Color Purple. He was seen on Broadway in the smash hits Hairspray The Musical with Harvey Fierstein, and AIDA where he understudied the role of Mereb, performing opposite Toni Braxton.

Dale Lam

Dale Lam

Thursdays, 2018 - 2019

2:15pm - 3:45pm
2018:  Sep 6, Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 20
2019: Jan 31, Feb 21, March 21, April 18, May 9

Register Now to Reserve Your Spot

We are beyond excited to announce that Dance Conservatory of Charleston will be hosting Columbia City Jazz Artistic Director Dale Lam in residency for the 2018-2019 academic year! Named "Top Private Studio/Conservatory Teacher" by Dance Teacher magazine and The Dance Teacher Summit in Longbeach, California, Ms. Lam is an active choreographer and master instructor throughout the United States and has taught internationally at the Kiradjiev Cultural Center in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Danz Studio in Costa Rica, and the Singapore Dance Association at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.
Dale Lam will offer a total of 9 master classes throughout the school year on Thursdays from 2:15-3:45.

Max Baud

Max Baud

Saturday, September 1, 2018

1:15pm - 2:45pm


Max trained at the School of American Ballet for 10 years under the guidance of Peter Martins, Jock Soto, Peter Boal, Olga Kostritzky, and Andrei Kramarevsky. While a student, he performed with the NYC Ballet, and was part of the original cast of two world premieres: Organon by Elliot Feld and Scenes De Ballet by Tony Award winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Mr. Baud began his professional career with the Carolina Ballet under Robert Weiss. There he would work with choreographers such as Lynne Taylor Corbett, Robert Weiss, Damian Woetzel, and Christopher Wheeldon. In 2005, Mr. Baud joined the Pennsylvania Ballet under the directorship of Roy Kaiser and would perform principal roles in ballets by Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, George Balanchine and many more. In 2009, Mr. Baud had the opportunity to work on the Oscar nominated film for Best Picture, Black Swan, by Darren Aronofsky. In 2010, Mr. Baud would join the national/international tour of Billy Elliot, the Musical performing the role of Older Billy, and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Supporting Performer in a Musical. He was in the ensemble of the national tour of Flashdance the Musical based on the iconic 80’s film under the directorship of Tony Award-winning choreographer, Sergio Trujillo. Maximilien has reprised his role of Older Billy in regional productions of Billy Elliot with the MUNY, North Carolina Theater, and the North Shore Music Theater Company.

Mr. Baud, along with Matthew Prescott, are the co-directors and co-creators for the Joffrey Ballet School Musical Theater Summer Intensives in New York City and London. This year they are also debuting an all-new program, the Joffrey Las Vegas Summer Intensive. Together they run M Squared Talent LLC, which is a production company that produces the most up-to-date dance education in America. Mr. Baud also holds the position of Co-Artistic Director and Consulting Producer for Joffrey Elite, which is a documentary series on YouTube’s AwesomnessTV that features a group of dancers from the Joffrey Ballet School Trainee Program.

Mr. Baud has had the opportunity to teach master classes at numerous dance studios around the world, as well as coach the young Billy’s from Billy Elliot. Currently, he is on the staff at The Joffrey Ballet School and Ballet Academy East. While directing and teaching, Mr. Baud enjoys enriching the lives of dancers through discipline and a passion for the arts.